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TimB
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Best standalone map-free software Reply with quote

Hello



What is the best program to use on a Pocket PC which will work without any base maps scanned in or loaded. In otherwords to make my Ipaq EmtakBT combination work as I imagine some of the basic handheld GPS's do - just to log a track on to a blank screen, display direction bearing & position, record distance etc.



Even better to allow manual logging of waypoints and then give navigational details.



I ask this because I am going to Ireland for a week and (rain permitting) would like to take the Ipaq walking. However I have not scanned all in the maps I require for use with OziExplorer so I will be using the paper maps.



There must be something that allows me to use the Pocket PC anywhere with some functionality as a basic navigational aid (a bit like a Garmin E-trex or something). I cannot see a way in OziCE to do this - incidentally I won't have access to a desktop PC!



Yours

Tim



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Best standalone map-free software Reply with quote

Help - flying tomorrow!



Any suggestions?



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Best standalone map-free software Reply with quote

There are programs that will give you a compass, but none I know of will allow you to create waypoints, tracks and routes without a map. The problem is, how would you utilise them after the effect ? You wouldn't be able to put them down to a map easily, because the scale would be totally off. This is why most of the applications like OziExplorer give you the option of calibrating a map once you've scanned it so you can change the pointer's sensitivity to be more accurate to the map you've scanned.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Best standalone map-free software Reply with quote

I know what you mean - but I was thinking that you could simply insert waypoints onto the thing by way of a list of co-ordinates and it would let you know the distance and bearing from one to the next as you moved.



I have never owned an entry level type garmin but surely that is all they do, and they manage without a base map?



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: Best standalone map-free software Reply with quote

Hello again Dave



I still think that, if there isn't, there ought to be a market for a very basic programme such as I have tried to describe.



However, I have looked into OziExplorerCE a bit deeper and I think I could acheive what I have described using the world map on it. i.e. place a random list of waypoints on the world map and then edit their positions before setting it into navigate mode.



Tim
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